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52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada

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Celebrating Guelph’s stories!

The Guelph Civic Museum showcases Guelph’s history through permanent and changing exhibits, a fun and interactive families gallery, and special events and activities.  Located in the recently renovated Loretto Convent, atop the hill at Norfolk Street and beside the landmark Church of Our Lady, the museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

2012

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 52 Norfolk Street, the former Loretto Convent.

2000

The “Growing Up in Guelph Children’s Museum” opens at the Civic Museum. The popular children’s gallery attracts many more visitors and significantly increases the number of family memberships.

1980

Guelph Civic Museum opens at 6 Dublin Street South, a commercial limestone building built c.1855. The building had many uses over the years but was most recently known as the Knights of Columbus Hall.

1967

Canada’s Centennial Year. The Museum opens in its first home in the horse stables, now the Farmer’s Market.

1960’s

Members of the Guelph Historical Society begin to collect artifacts and displays are mounted in store fronts and community centres.

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August 2017

Beards and Barbershops

August 1, 2017 - March 18, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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June 2017

To The Gathering Place

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM From the Attawandaron Nation that gathered to farm and trade, to the most recent newcomers journeying from across the globe, Guelph has been shaped and enriched by the individuals and families who have traveled to it. Through personal accounts, artifacts and images, To the Gathering Place presents an engaging selection of stories of those who have searched for new beginnings in Guelph. Guest curated by Lisa Hunter.   Transported: Objects of Meaning and the…

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September 2017

Canadian, Eh! A History of the Nation’s Signs and Symbols

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | 6:30 PM Performance by Annakin Slayd at 7 PM Through art and artifacts, explore the official and unofficial signs and symbols that communicate our history, culture, and distinct national identity. “Our national identity is complex and nuanced,” says Dawn Owen, Curator at Guelph Museums. “And so too are the signifiers of our nationhood. From the iconic landscapes of the Group of Seven to our edible exports (beer, maple syrup, and poutine), from our national sports (lacrosse in…

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The Sweet Life: Treats and Sweets in Guelph

September 12, 2017 - March 25, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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February 2018

Military Lecture: A Plague of Diseased Soldiers

February 15 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Admission by donation

Lyndsay Rosenthal presents A Plague of Diseased Soldiers: Venereal Disease and the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.   Upcoming Lecture: March 22 – Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers

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March 2018

Military Lecture: Underground at Vimy

March 22 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Katrina Pasierbek presents Underground at Vimy: Remembering the Cave Carvers. Offered in partnership with the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies. Admission by donation.

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November 2017

Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience

November 5, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Five short films and an installation featuring stories and objects contributed by Mwangi Wa Wairimu (Kenya), Oluwaseun Jilani (Nigeria), Amira AL Tahhan (Syria), Nicola Maggs (England) and Farshad Mazloumi (Iran). Transported is directed by Dawn Matheson with cinematography and editing by Erin MacIndoe Sproule and is part of the Guelph Film Festival’s annual Hidden Histories project, presented in partnership with The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and Ed Video Media Arts Centre with funding from The Guelph Community Foundation. The five films, along with…

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January 2018

School’s Out, Museum’s In PD Day

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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  No teachers, no books, but lots of great activities all day.

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February 2018

Tiny Tot Thursday: Fairytales and Fantasy

February 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Tiny Tot fun! Drop in for organized songs, crafts, and games for children one to four years old and their caregivers. Circle time is at 11 AM. This month’s theme, Fairytales and Fantasy.  

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Febulous! Young at Heart

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$10

The Auctionista is back! Kick up your heels for a good cause at this cocktail party and auction to support cross-generational programs, connecting Guelph’s young with the young-at-heart. The event will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction and the opportunity to bid on unique experience packages. Tickets available online now! Wondering what’s up for auction this year at Febulous! Young at Heart? Stay tuned for live and silent auction items. Guelph Museums gratefully acknowledges the support of each of our donors.…

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Valentine’s Tea

February 11 @ 1:00 pm
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One event on February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm

Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$15

Treat your sweetheart to a warm cup of tea, decadent sweets, and delightful company. There will be two seatings, 1 and 3 PM. Tickets in advance.

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January 2018

Robbie Burns Day

January 21
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Scottish music, dance, displays and haggis too! 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM            Address to the Haggis and stories with Seamus Gunn 11 AM                                     Mary Ellen Cann School of Highland Dance 1:30 PM                                   Traditional Celtic music with Eva McCauley, the Fair Wind & Friends of RCC 2 PM                                        Ceilidh with the Kitchen Party Trio caller Kari Kokko

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Fourth Friday: Ambre McLean

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Kick off your weekend with a performance by Ambre McLean! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian, Eh! and Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience.   McLean’s genre-defying style and live looping performances have been described as mesmerizing.  Her four albums feature an eclectic mix of blues, rock, jazz, rap, soul, and…

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February 2018

Fourth Friday: Brent Rowan and the Youth Jazz Ensemble

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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FREE
Year end concert May 7 2017 @Silence

Kick off your weekend with a performance by Brent Rowan and the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 PM, and performance at 7 PM. Visitors can explore all exhibitions, including To The Gathering Place, Canadian, Eh! and Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience. Based in Guelph Ontario the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble (GYJE) provides young musicians with the opportunity to learn about and explore…

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March 2018

Focusing on Nature: Photography in the Natural World

March 10 - June 10
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Technological culture meets nature in this exhibition of photography by Guelph youth. A collaboration between Focus on Nature and Guelph Museums.

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December 2017

From Convent to Museum: The Renovation Story

December 5, 2017 - December 2, 2018
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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January 2018

Needle Art Expressions: Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild, Guelph

January 16 - April 29
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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February 2018

Stories from the Hill: Sya Van Geest and Brian Holstein

February 7 @ 7:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers and special guests at Guelph Civic Museum. February 7                   Sya Van Geest and Brian Holstein   About Guelph Guild of Storytellers: Website: guelphstorytellers.wordpress.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/guelphstories/

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Family Day at the Museum!

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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Guelph Civic Museum will be open Monday, February 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM to celebrate Family Day. Enjoy an afternoon with lots of DIY family fun!

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March 2018

Museum March Break Camp

March 12 - March 16
Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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$169.51

Engage and explore at our Museum Camp. Bring your curiosity and sense of wonder as we join museum educators for fun activities. Games, crafts, active outdoor time, and hands on, in-depth exploration with the exhibits are all part of your week. Come join us as we discover, create and learn together. Ages: 4 Yrs. to 10 Yrs. Register online at regexpress.guelph.ca, using code: 205854     For more information: Sarah Farwell | Recreation Coordinator Parks and Recreation, Public Services City of Guelph…

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